Reel Causes and Battered Women’s Support Services present Crime After Crime

Since 2008, Battered Women’s Support Services (BWSS) has become increasingly alarmed by the growing number of women accessing our services who have been arrested for allegedly perpetrating domestic violence against their male partners.

In our experience, these arrests are occurring despite the fact that in all cases the women were in relationships where their partners were abusing them.  Women who have been victimized by their male intimate partners may have tried and failed to get help from the police in the past.  Many women who have been arrested for allegedly perpetrating domestic violence against their violent mates tell of an ineffective police response with prior incidents where police have attended. Every attempt to get help is likely only to reinforce her perception that she has no alternative but to protect herself. The criminalization of women who self-defend in battering relationships and in cases of battered women who kill, what creates the necessity of their actions?

On Thursday, June 19, 2014, Reel Causes hosts the screening of Crime After Crime, the story of Deborah Peagler, a woman convicted of killing her violent and abusive male partner in support of Battered Women’s Support Services. Prior to the film, a Justice Panel organized by BWSS will be moderated by Laura Track, West Coast LEAF with:

Amy Salmon, Board Member Bonding With Babies – Reproductive and Social Justice, Angela Marie MacDougall, BWSS Executive DirectorWhen Battered Women Are Arrested, Elizabeth Sheehy, University of Ottawa – Defending Battered Women on Trial, Victoria Desroches, Criminal Lawyer – Defending Indigenous Women

When:      Thursday, June 19, 2014, 7:00 pm, doors open: 6:30 pm

Where:    Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts

149 West Hastings St. Vancouver, in the historic Woodward’s district

What:       Pre-film panel discussion on criminal legal system and violence against women

Film Screening: Crime After Crime 

A panel and Q &A with film maker, Yoav Potash, Producer and Director of Crime After Crime

Tickets are $12 and available to purchase at My Sister’s Closet. To reserve tickets, please contact Ela at 604-808-4378 or





















Reel Causes events at SFU Woodwards are generously supported by SFU’s Vancity Office for Community Engagement.

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